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Poster: light into ashes Date: Apr 14, 2014 8:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fillmore East 2/1169 Pocket edition Dead

As openers, the Dead were restricted to about an hour a show....though they still had time to fit in encores (Cosmic Charlie & the mercifully short-lived Hey Jude). There are a lot of sets in the '68-70 time range when you can tell they're rushing to squeeze things in, and sometimes the shows benefit from the extra energy. Phil later said he missed being an opener & surprising people who didn't know about them.
There's a nice moment when Weir is about to tell the story of George Washington's teeth and Garcia says, "Fuck the teeth, let's play!"

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 15, 2014 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fillmore East 2/1169 Pocket edition Dead

It is too bad the "Hey Jude , not the "Cosmic Charlie" was cut ! Pig is surprisingly bad in this . In my ear I can hear him do it, but like the better known 3/1/69 performance, of this, don't play this to a non-deadhead ! No disrespect for, Mr. McKernan, but man he should have thought this one out a little more .
Interesting that he is given 4 songs in that first set, while he only comes in at the end of "Caution" in the second . Maybe he went off to party with Janis ?
I was thinking about what the audience would have thought of them . A quick look at Deadbase, shows that they hadn't been in N.Y. since June of 68 (a long time for the 60's) , unless I'm missing some shows . Even someone who had heard the first 2 albums, would have only recognized "Schoolgirl", the very different live version of "Crypt.>Other One>Crypt." in the first set, and "Caution" in the second . Some who had seen them the previous year, MIGHT have recognized a few of the other songs . And a maybe a very very few had heard a tape of a radio broadcast .
Some people,might have been annoyed, or confused, others , after hearing that 2nd set,might have had the reaction a friend of mine who saw them in 68 . I asked him what thy played, he said he didn't remember, but it was "the most incredible music I had ever heard " . So I think Phil might have got his wish .

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Apr 15, 2014 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fillmore East 2/1169 Pocket edition Dead

I think the general opinion when the Dead opened for the Jeff Beck Group at the Fillmore East in June '68 was that Beck's band blew the Dead away. Though I hope some in the audience felt differently! At any rate Beck's music (or for that matter Janis's) would have been easier to follow than long Cautions, unknown instrumentals, feedback, etc.

The Fillmore audience in Feb '69 would have recognized almost everything in the early show (it's not like King Bee or Lovelight were obscure songs), so that may have been the "audience-friendly" show. In the late show the Dead get into material no one would have been familiar with - there were no available radio broadcasts or bootlegs at that point - though some people might have remembered the tunes from June.

One thing that's easy to forget about the Dead's shows up through the mid-'70s is how much they played that audiences didn't know - frequently they played songs for a year (or more) before they appeared on album. There are plenty of reviews even from '73 where the reviewer recognized nothing but the cover songs & maybe some older songs. It was generally accepted, if you didn't see the band often, that they'd play new stuff (some 1970 reviewers were surprised that they still played their older songs). On the other hand, deadheads who went to shows repeatedly would've become quite familiar with the repertoire before it was on album.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 15, 2014 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fillmore East 2/1169 Pocket edition Dead

I got some of that when I was first seeing them , my second show, 2/26/77 had the first "Terrapin" and "Estimated", and I was not that deeply seeped in the albums, didn't know "TLEO", and "that song that goes duh duh dut, duh duh dut ("Eyes") . I knew "Franklin's Tower", but it wasn't till I got the tape in the mid-late 80's that I realize I had seen a "Help>Slip>Frank" !
Even in 68 Jeff Beck was pretty impressive . I could see someone, even somewhat sympathetic to the Dead being more impressed with him , especially from a guitar playing point of view . But, as we know, it's the whole group sound (special points to Phil) that made our boys so different . And I have to say, the late 60's Dead were more musically ambitions, that many of the more famous, and maybe even technically more proficient acts .

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Poster: RJ_Squirrel Date: Apr 17, 2014 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fillmore East 2/1169 Pocket edition Dead

You saw a duh duh dut > bass solo > disco DITS!